5 Things I Am Doing During Isolation

Kait Dunning is the founder and artist behind 12Past7 Designs and works as a marketer and digital illustrator. She specializes in design and content for small businesses, startups, and solopreneurs. Kait creates greeting cards, printed gifts, and custom illustrations of pets and special occasions

She is passionate about people (including the four-legged furry variety) and digital design, firmly believing that when you combine people, art, and technology you can truly create magic. Kait is thrilled to join the DC Card Collective, and to help promote folks staying home and keeping in touch. Here’s what she’s up to during the quarantine.

  1. Connecting with friends and family 

I’m so thankful that I’m still able to stay closely connected with loved ones during these isolating times. I’m certainly on the phone much more than I was before, especially on video calls! However, my favorite way to keep in touch is to write cards!

  1. Creating Zoom backgrounds

Since all of our meetings, gatherings, dates, and hangouts are taking place virtually, why not make them more interesting with virtual backgrounds?!

  1. Becoming a plant mom

I went from having one plant to curating a small jungle in my apartment! This is the perfect time to spend caring for a plant family.

  1. Bingeing older series

I’ve been catching up on all the stories I never got to regularly watch when they were actually on cable. My current obsessions are One Tree Hill and Nip/Tuck.

  1. Organizing

My fiance and I share our spare bedroom as a multipurpose room. Currently, it’s serving as his music recording studio, a work from home office space, product storage, and my design space. I cannot stress how important it is for a multi-hyphenate room to stay organized!

5 Things I Am Doing During Isolation

Hey! My name is Becky Brown, and I am the founder of two greeting card lines that are part of the DC Card Collective.  delicious grEATings™ was my first line, and features my original food photography – and recipes! – from my cooking blog.  The recipes are printed on the back of the card, so these cards are worth hanging on to – and look really nice on a refrigerator as well.  My second line, Federalisms™, was launched just after the 2019 government shutdown.  I created it for federal employees, contractors, and others knee-deep in D.C. office culture (remember offices?).  I have been a downtown D.C. resident and federal government attorney for 17 years (!).  I am still working during this time (from home), but when I am not at my desk, I have a lot going on to keep me busy – I always do! I.  Love.  Projects.

Here are 5 things I am doing during isolation:

  1. First and foremost, lots of walks with my dog, Tazewell. I have heard no complaints from him, or from any other dog for that matter, about hunkering down with their humans.
Tazewell Brown, surveying his kingdom.

He is a true and selfless hero during this difficult time.

  1. Cooking! I am having fun working my way through my farm-share boxes. I love the home delivery, and it’s a great way to support small local businesses as well as our farmers.  You can see my culinary creations (… with plenty of cameos from Tazewell) on my instagram
  1. Supporting local businesses. It has never been more apparent how important small businesses are to our city. I mean, you can’t lament that Cheesecake Factory is coming to 15th Street if you aren’t supporting locals. I sent gift cards from The Cookery to all the ladies in my cooking club, as a little pick-me-up (The Cookery, in Shirlington, was one of the first two stores to carry delicious grEATings). I have been visiting Red Apron Butcher for cheese, rotisserie chicken, chicken salad, and meats (they are individually sealed for easy freezing). I am doing my part and grabbing curbside bagels at Scrappy’s Bagel Bar (weekend pop-up in Estadio), and Call Your Mother (their new Capitol Hill location!). And Piccolina and Centrolina Mercato are simply killing it. I could go on… and maybe I will, in another post!
Everything bagels from Scrappy’s.
  1. Writing thank you notes. I had significant health issues last year, and was overwhelmed by the support I received. And by the number of thank you cards I needed to write! I know that no one “expected” them or sent me a meal or gift to receive one, but thank you cards, when your heart is in them, can be cathartic. They are a part of my healing process, and I know how it makes me feel when I receive a card in the mail… and when it turns out to be thoughtful? All the better.  A shot of endorphins in this time that for some is so isolating.  The thank you notes WILL be completed by the time we are back in action. I have quite a tribe… good thing I have access to quite a few greeting cards! (p.s. If you need bulk thank-you notes for a similar scenario, I’m happy to give discounts so price is the last thing on your mind.)

  2. Moving delicious grEATings and Federalisms forward. This is a tricky one during this time… we have some time on our hands, but the economy is not what it used to be, and we don’t know what lies ahead. Will people still buy like they used to, will there be markets this year, how can I adapt with the changing times? I’m thinking about it, and would love to hear from you if you have any ideas for either of my lines! The DC Card Collective was one of my ideas to think outside the box, and so far, so good!

Stay safe, stay positive, stay connected!